Thursday, 26 February 2015

Laguna de Gallocanta 20th Feb

After a breakfast a walk behind the village of Gallocanta quite near to the hotel produced buntings
greenfinch,buzzard and Griffon Vulture.
On the return to the village we heard goldcrest and a number of cranes passed overhead,a
notable butterfly proved to be The Queen of Spain Fritallary how very apt.

We then walked to the lagoon information area followed up to the Allucant bar to see Javier and
photograph Rock Sparrow on the roof.
Lunch was on the reserve at La Ermita,leaving Las Cuerlas we travelled to the observatorio de la reguera where John found Ruff,Ringed Plover and Dunlin among the Shelduck.
Moving on we passed Laguna de la Zaida a dried up lake which produced quartering hen harrier.
Last stop for the day was Laguna Guailguerrero where 10 black bellied sandgrouse flew over,Little Grebe,Cormorant,mallard,pochard and coot.
We returned to the Hotel Secazia getting out of the mini buses Stu shouts out cat and to our amazement a European Wild cat shows briefly at the rear of the car park.

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